High Priest (book)

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High Priest
High Priest (book).jpg
Author Timothy Leary
Pages 384
ISBN 0-914171-80-1

High Priest is a book by Timothy Leary. It was originally published in 1968 by New American Library, and was reprinted in 1995 by Ronin Publishing.

Written before Leary's incarceration on drug-related charges, it is an autobiographical account of his experiences from 1959 to 1962, a period that roughly coincides with his employment as a lecturer in clinical psychology at Harvard University.

The book is written in the form of 16 "trips," each involving a "guide," among whom are such influential 1960s figures as Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Ralph Metzner, Huston Smith, and William S. Burroughs.

Notably, High Priest includes Leary's account of his first use of psilocybin mushrooms in Cuernevaca, Mexico in 1960, the Concord Prison Experiment that began in 1961, and the Good Friday Experiment of 1962. It also includes detailed reports of his psychedelic experiences while using psilocybin pills, LSD, and DMT.